Guest Post/Virtual Tour ~ Don’t Call Me Crazy! I’m Just In Love With G-d by Swiyyah Nadirah Woodard

How to write fiction like a best-selling author?

When I wrote my first book I had absolutely no idea what I was doing. I had read only one romance book and had no authors to compare my writing skills to. I had natural talent though. I won my first writing contest at the age of 16 at my high school. I knew I had a special gift but I never had the idea to write a book until tragedy struck. I was hospitalized 6 times and misdiagnosed with paranoid schizophrenia. Something in my soul told me to write my story, so I wrote my first book as a fiction inspired by a true story. It wasn’t until 14 years later that I would get serious about my career and obtain my Creative Writing certificate from the University of South Florida.  I took everything that I learned and reedited my first book, “Don’t Call Me Crazy! I’m Just in Love.” The most powerful thing I learned is how to develop your characters? I found a good book that had a list of 100 questions to ask yourself about each character in your book. Questions from, “Does your character like animals?” to “Turning points in your characters childhood.” Through this exercise my characters began to come alive.  They all appeared real. And another valuable lesson I learned is to use all five senses; sight, taste, hearing, touch, and smell. Most of the senses you will use automatically but smell and taste were new to me. When an author uses all five senses the book becomes three-dimensional. The more senses that you can spark for a reader, the more engaged they would become. Another good tactic is to use dialogue. Show your characters in an argument, and mix it up with describing the scene. Put action in your words. Instead of saying he was angry say, “He lifted the coffee mug and through it across the room.” You want readers to feel like they are surrounded by a movie. Continue reading blogs on how to write like a professional.  Your readers will appreciate you for it. Much success with your next book.

Series: Don't Call Me Crazy!
Publisher: CreateSpace (December 12, 2016)
Genre: Inspirational / Motivational / Romance / Christian
ISBN-10: 1541097661
ISBN-13: 978-1541097667
Buy: Amazon, Kindle, IndieBound, The Book Depository


Because of G-d, nothing will stop Anika from marrying the love of her life, not even paranoid schizophrenia. You don’t want to miss this spiritual journey filled with inspiration and power.

This book is insightful and perceptive. Inspired by a true story. Few people consider the G-d factor in mental health. Join Anika and journey with her as she receives revelations from G-d while on her walk to overcome mental illness and naiveness towards religion. Required reading for High schools and colleges.

Swiyyah Nadirah Woodard was selected as a Bay News 9 Everyday Hero, which was seen by two million viewers, for publishing a book and teaching the community about her own battle with mental illness. She was hospitalized six times and misdiagnosed with paranoid schizophrenia. Her first book, Don’t Call Me Crazy! I’m Just in Love, became required and suggested reading in Reading, Writing, Abnormal Psychology, and General Psychology classes at a four year Institution.

She was born in the housing projects of Saint Petersburg, FL. Her father left when she was three so she was raised in a single parent home. At the age of five she was molested by her eight year old brother. She later started school, she had slurred speech and didn’t care to make friends so she was bullied by her peers. At the age of eight, she wanted to kill herself because a girl wanted to fight her. She looked into the medicine cabinet for medication. Thank G-d, she couldn’t find any.

As a teenager she was physically abused by her step dad. The abuse was so severe, G-d blocked it from her memory. At the age of 20 the brother that molested her committed suicide, which was devastating to her and the entire family. Swiyyah has always viewed herself as normal. She never received any disciplinary problems in school, made good grades, and received her BA degree in Psychology from the University of South Florida.

When the doctors misdiagnosed her with the most debilitating mental disorder known in mental health, paranoid schizophrenia, she denied it. She questioned their expertise. She refused to take medication. She was then hospitalized six times. Her family took a picture of her at her worst and that’s when she knew she needed help. She has been taking medication now for ten years without a relapse.

She is now a published author and a National Inspirational Speaker. Her first book is entitled, “Don’t Call Me Crazy! I’m just in Love,” and is inspired by her true story.

She was raised Muslim and the revelations she received from G-d and placed in her books, didn’t make any since until she meet her Christian husband 14 years after her first relapse.

Please contact Swiyyah to book speaking engagements, life coaching, author and speaker coaching, radio and TV interviews, or to purchase her books at 727-495-3217.

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Excerpt ~

     Anika begins to lose her mind. While continuing to stare at the television set, Anika sees a vision of Jesus. He appears to her in just as perfect form and image as the paintings on Mary’s wall. She then hears Jesus speak, “I am the son of G-d.” Then just as fast as he appears, he leaves her vision.

     “Did you see him? Did you see Jesus?” Anika turns and looks at her friends. Words are stuck within their throats.

     “Did you see him? Did you see Jesus?” Anika repeats once more.

     “Anika, you’re really scaring us. I thought you were Muslim?” Mary says.


Anika then feels as if someone was controlling her thoughts. “Forgive yourself.”  


She then begins to ramble, “Atoms are neither created nor destroyed. There was always an existence. You have to take baby steps to understand how this existence works, where we came from, how it started. Don’t jump from A to Z. No, you must go from A to C. Take a break. It has been painted. First there was nothing; it was blackness, pitch blackness. There was first the black hole. A plumber can understand the black hole. There was a white light. The creator is positive energy. We all have a little bit of positive energy. A person of positivity can change your life without saying a word. We try to increase positive energy which is the same as increasing spiritually. Once we are of that same positivity as the creator, we become one with him. Only a few souls have reached this level of existence. The rest of us are growing spiritually so we can reach that level.“


     It appears to Anika that she is making sense as she began to explain herself, justifying her words.


   “Positive times positive equals positive. Negative times positive equals negative. Therefore, if you have any negativity in you, you cannot become one with positivity.”


   “The creator is all positive energy. Negative times negative equals positive. If you learn from loads of negativity you will learn from your mistakes and become all positive. It’s mathematics. Everything stems from mathematics. Less than a cup of wine is what I need to rest. Don’t want to scare away this beautiful spirit controlling my thoughts.” While holding the sides of her head trying to rid her racing thoughts, she runs into the kitchen and pours herself a cup of wine. She then thinks, “no one will ever have to go through what I went through again!”


Anika takes a look at her past to see how in the world she got to this point in her life.

Tour Schedule

Monday, September 4

Interview at The Writer’s Life

Tuesday, September 5

Guest Blogging at Blogging Authors

Wednesday, September 6

Book Review at Books for Books


Monday, September 11

Guest Blogging at The Story Behind the Book

Tuesday, September 12

Guest Blogging at My Life. One Story at a Time.

Wednesday, September 13

Guest Blogging at Mythical Books


Monday, September 18

Interview at Nuttin’ But Books

Tuesday, September 19

Book Featured at Write and Take Flight

Wednesday, September 20

Guest Blogging at Lori’s Reading Corner


Monday, September 25

Interview at I’m Shelf-ish

Thursday, September 28

Book Review at Stormy Nights Reviewing & Bloggin’

Friday, September 29

Guest Blogging at Sheila’s Guests and Reviews










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